Jacob was born and raised in Metro Detroit. Jacob graduated early from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity, and Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies. He speaks fluent Hebrew and has visited Israel twice. Jacob works in the Israel & Overseas Department at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He works on scholarships, the Israeli Camper Program, Partnership2Gether with the Central Galilee Region and Masa. As a regional representative Jacob helps recruit for Masa programs. He is passionate about enhancing the relationships between Israel and the Metro Detroit Jewish community.
Rick was born in a small city in Florida near Tampa. He first went to Israel when he was 18 and was struck by the beauty of the country. That following summer he volunteered at a youth village in Pardes Hana. It was that experience that solidified his love and devotion to the State of Israel. While majoring in Jewish Studies and Social Work at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Rick was extremely active in Jewish/Israel student organizations. Rick was the vice president of the JSU, a two-time Israel Month Director, and for two years he was a WZO Student Outreach Fellow. His greatest accomplishment at UF was directing the Florida Loves Israel Conference. In 2013, after his graduation, Rick made Aliyah and drafted into the IDF's Armored Corps. While in the IDF he was awarded best soldier in the company multiple times and was active in Operation Protective Edge. Rick is currently working as a Program Advisor in Masa's Jerusalem office. He is dedicated to sharing the beauty of Israel with all those who are interested in helping them find the best program possible.
Rachel Moses is the Director of Recruitment at Masa Israel, focusing on the full lifecycle recruitment process, including being the initial contact with potential internship and study abroad participants. Rachel helps ensure a positive candidate experience throughout the entire process. Rachel has been working at Masa since October 2011, and has expertise in our CRM and Masa Israel opportunities. Prior to working at Masa, Rachel was an elementary school teacher in New York City. She holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from York University in Toronto.
Andria spends her time at Masa creating fresh and inspiring content for email, marketing collateral, blogs and much more. Andria is an alumna of Career Israel 2014-15 and spent her time on Masa interning for WMN, the first female incubator in Tel Aviv. Before working for Masa Andria was Director of Sales and Online Marketing for the branding agency Hey Now! Media in Cleveland, Ohio.
Axel Angeles is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Masa Israel. He is responsible for showcasing and bringing the Masa Israel experience to life through Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more. Axel is an alumnus of Masa Israel where he received a Master’s in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. Before working for Masa Israel, Axel worked as a marketing assistant for a company called LifeCell. His experience includes video production, Spanish/English translations, content editing, and product design.
Adi Zakai was born and raised in Israel. After completing her service in the IDF, she moved to New York to pursue higher education. She holds a BA degree from Hunter College and an MPA from Baruch College. At Masa, Adi manage the entire financial operation and HR of Masa NA. Prior to working at Masa Adi had worked at the Jewish Agency at Partnership 2000.
Adi lives in Forest Hills, NY with her husband and two boys. In her free time she enjoys swimming and hiking and camping with her family.
Jessica Schapiro oversees Masa Israel Journey’s partnerships with organizations who work within the North American Jewish community. Jessica works closely with those organizations to ensure a growing number of 18-30 year olds participate on long-term programs in Israel. Jessica is also working with the Masa marketing team to give Masa alum access to exciting programs, opportunities, and experiences offered by Jewish organizations when they return back to the States.
Before joining Masa Israel, Schapiro was the Manager of Affinity Groups at the Jewish National Fund. She is an accomplished nonprofit specialist with years of experience in strategic planning, event logistics, social media management, fundraising and executive communications. Jessica holds a master’s degree in fundraising management from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Judaic Studies from George Washington University. Jessica lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Alex Elman serves as the director of marketing and communications for Masa Israel Journey in the United States. Previously, Alex served as a digital strategist at Bully Pulpit Interactive, the digital agency founded by President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign digital advertising leaders.
At Bully Pulpit, Alex worked on many digital advertising campaigns for Friends of the IDF, political candidates and parties across the country, and Fortune 500 clients.
Alex got his start in advertising and communications working on the 2012 congressional campaign for Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) in Madison, Wisconsin, where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in political science.
As Masa Israel’s North American COO, Meara manages the national recruitment and marketing efforts in the US, while expanding her vast global and local partner network.
Meara came to Masa from the hi-tech sector, where she served as C.O.O. at Boomset, an innovative event-tech company, managing sales and marketing, and spearheading global partnerships. Prior to joining Boomset, Meara held the position of V.P. of community outreach for Jspace.com, where she created and executed a marketing plan, as well as planned and produced mass-attended events.
True to Masa’s mission, Meara has lived it like a local, having spent significant time living, working, and studying in Israel. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Hartford, she was selected to participate in the Otzma program. In the years following, she moved to Miami to work with Young Judaea and returned to Israel to work for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meara received an M.A. in non-profit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while working for Beit Hatfutsot.
Meara has served as the board chair for Dor Chadash, and has sat on the board of directors of the American Zionist Movement and the Moatza in New York.
Estefania is originally from Brazil. She studied Architecture and Business Administration in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She participated in the Lej Leja Masa Program for 8 months, where she did an internship and also met her husband.
She made Aliyah a year ago and now lives in Jerusalem.